Grand Rapids mutilation case leads to Holland search

Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Court documents confirm a man accused of dismembering a body found at his Grand Rapids apartment was with a missing woman days before.

Jared Chance is charged with mutilation of a dead body and concealing the death of an individual. So far, he has not been charged with murder.

Grand Rapids police confirmed Thursday they searched a Holland home Wednesday in connection to the case. Property records show the home on West 20th Street is owned by Chance’s parents.

The Holland Sentinel reports a vehicle was towed away from the home and detectives could be seen taking photographs inside the home. Detectives would not elaborate on what they were looking for, or what they found.

An arrest affidavit for Chance indicates he was with a female acquaintance two days before Chance’s neighbor discovered a tarp leaking blood in the basement of their building. The court documents state officers found body parts in the tarp and in Chance’s Franklin Street apartment during their search Sunday. Police said they also discovered tools that could be used for dismemberment in Chance’s home, as well as several areas of blood and cleaning materials. 

After the search, police took Chance, barefoot, into custody.

The court documents do not name the missing woman Chance was with, but relatives of 31-year-old Ashley Young have linked her disappearance to Chance on a Facebook page dedicated to finding her. Even before Chance’s arrest, Young’s family posted that she was last thought to be seen with Chance at 1:30 a.m. on Nov. 29 at Mulligan’s Bar in Grand Rapids.

Police say Chance mutilated the unidentified woman’s body on Friday at the home on Franklin Street near Dolbee Avenue. Two days later, Chance’s downstairs neighbor and the neighbor’s girlfriend started smelling a foul odor.

The neighbor wouldn’t say whether he had ever seen Young with Chance, but said he’s following the Facebook page for the missing woman.

The Grand Rapids Police Department says there is no indication Chance is involved in any other crimes at this point.

Investigators are waiting on DNA test results from a Michigan State Police lab to positively ID the remains. Those tests have been expedited, but it’s unclear when the findings will be available.

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